The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

Contents -

  1. Questions - Page 1
  2. Character List - Page 1
  3. Symbols - Page 1
  4. Themes - Page 1
  5. Book Review - Page 2
  6. References - Page 3
Question: Will Bilbo take initiative and use his skills to be a leader?
Answer: Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit residing in a comfortable hill-hole at Bag End. He lives in a hole because he is of the hobbit kind - a race of small people about half the size of you and I, with furry toes, leather bottomed feet and great love for good food and drink. The hobbit are peaceful folk with no will for disturbing their mellow days. In the first chapters, it seems as though Bilbo will never even be able to become a leader for just a simple game of Simon Says. Gandalf bothers the young Bilbo about embarking on adventures, but it doesn't even register in his mind that he is about to start a journey of many dangers - pretty much everything against his hobbit ways. Last off, Bilbo had awoken from a rough night with no one there to greet him, thinking that they had left without him. Totally oblivious, Gandalf comes back for him and brings him to an Inn where he slowly, but surely, starts his unwanted adventure. The young hobbit hapelessly complies with the wise wizards demands already weary of the few of many hardships he will be enduring. Further into the book, Bilbo begins to utilize some of his talents, not knowing what he's about to become. Throughout the plotline, Bilbo is countlessly using his skills and slowly becoming the hero of the novel.
Question: Is there, or was there, always hardships between the dragons and everyone else? What influenced them to be so terrorizing and why did J.R.R Tolkien make them bad?
Answer: Nearing the beginning of the book, it seems as though the dragons are only it for the money. Their greed of money overcame their sense of compassion, and just taking anything they've wanted. Dragons in the book are just a temporary, more general conflict within the book and was used, I think, to uncover the conflicts within the characters. For example, Thorin struggling to fulfill his name, become a true warrior and take back his rightful treasures.

external image BilboInTheHobbit.jpgCharacters in The Hobbit

Bilbo Baggins - Bilbo leads a serene life as a hobbit that lives at Bag end. He will disturb his normal ways of living to become the hero of this novel. You should know now that hobbits have leather lined feet, that are quite hairy. They are a short and stout kind and have thick brown curly hair. They have great love for food, drinks and most things edible. These characteristics fit those of Bilbo perfectly and will for any other hobbit in the book. Bilbo is the protagonist of the book and becomes a hero within the novel.

Gandalf - Gandalf is an old and wise sorcerer - but trust me, he is not in need of any energy - who had initially chosen Bilbo to come along for the adventure and be the burglar of the gang. He's not always present but when theres a need he tends to be there. Gandalf may not be known for being the most intelligent but don't be mistaken, because he has vast amounts of knowledge and spells to boot.

external image LOTR%20Gandalf%204.JPGGollum - Gollum is a multi-faceted person, one side being innocent and strange, the other just plainly evil and angry. Tolkien describes him to be a deformed creature, of which the race is unrecognizable from being in the darkness for so long. Very obsessive over his 'precious' (a ring he had formerly found) which he most unfortunately loses and comes to the hands of Bilbo. That is when the evil side of himself comes into play with which seems to be the other side of him, the innocent side, fighting to stop the evil from doing things that are atrocious.

Thorin - Thorin is the leader of the many dwarves that plague the Baggins' house in the 1st chapter entitled An Unexpected Party. Not only is he the leader of the dwarves, but in this case he is also the leader of the whole lot of them on their trip to recover Thorin's inheritances from Smaug. Thorin is a proud and battle-hardened warrior who can be a bit stern at times but that just adds to his tough guy persona.

Smaug - Smaug is the terror instilling dragon that robbed Thorin's grandfather, Thror, of his well-kepts and killed him. Smaug lives in the Lonely Mountains and is said to have a shady and antagonistic sense of humour. This mean machine dragon is also the antagonist of the story.


One of the couple themes I found in this book was adventure. Throughout the entire novel, adventure can be found as it thrives on the thrill of the journey. Drama is created through this and keeps the book motivated and prolongs the end. Problems can be found, even in the beginning like how starting the adventure was a dilemna in itself. This symbol goes hand in hand with the next symbol:
Heroism. Though Bilbo did not show the characteristics of a hero near the beginning of the book, he later proved to readers that he's not only a humble hobbit, but a hobbit worthy of leading a small clan to victory. Starting the quest, he seems unsure about his actions and overly cautious of almost anything that's an obsticle to their group. The farther they go though, he soon realizes that his skills establish him to be a solid head man. Soon enough in the novel, he gains enough confidence to actually use these skills to help bring the group closer to their prize. A closer look at another portrayal of heroism is when Thorin kills the spider and it shows that he is becoming a full warrior. He clearly steps up and justifies why he is the leader of the dwarven clan.


A symbol I was immediately aware of was how the main character was not your average tall-muscular-hero type, but he was a hobbit. A kind known to be somewhat frail and normally found at home doing humble chores and eating crumpets with tea. I think the reason for this was to add to the epic parts of the book where this hobbit saves the day or takes the rold of the leader. It also could've been to aspire young or fragile minds to be more into this book. Maybe to relate to readers more seeing as other characters in the story are of elvish, dwarven, dragon, etc. races. This fascinated me, thinking of what it could mean, and if there was a deeper meaning. It also occured to me that it could mean nothing at all, but that thought left my mind when Bilbo was introduced into the story when his eyesight (which came with his young ambitious hobbit self) helped the group across a river of which had magical powers (page ). Also being a hobbit, you'd notice that he closely resembles a human of times of former-today. This allowed Tolkien to relate to each reader on their own, and put them in the novel to engage the reader. This is something that caught me after I had finished the book and started exploring each character.
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